Stop the cruel poisoning of wildlife


Every year, Health Canada permits thousands of wild animals to die a painful, prolonged, and torturous death by poisoning.

Thanks to your previous outcry on the inhumane use of poisons to kill wildlife, Health Canada is now seeking input from Canadians on whether they should consider humaneness when determining whether to approve the use of pesticides to control vertebrate predators such as wolves, bears, and coyotes.

The federal government allows the deadly poisons – strychnine, sodium cyanide, and Compound 1080 – to be used in Alberta and Saskatchewan to kill wolves, bears and coyotes. But every year the widespread and poorly regulated use of these indiscriminate poisons result in the agonizing and painful deaths of not only these species, but also pet dogs, endangered species, and other non-target animals.

There is no question about it: a prolonged and painful death by poison is inhumane. There are far more humane alternatives to managing human-wildlife conflicts, and these poisons have no place in modern wildlife policy.

Please add your voice to the public consultation, and let the Governnment of Canada know that humaneness must absolutely be considered when deciding whether to register poisons. And when it comes to the cruel and indiscriminate poisons currently being used to kill wolves, bears, and coyotes in Canada – strychnine, sodium cyanide, and compound 1080 - there is sufficient scientific evidence to conclude that these poisons are inhumane and should not be used.

Your submission to the public consultation could help save thousands of wild animals from a cruel and inhumane death. We have prepared a template email for you to send. If you prefer, you can personalize this email to make it more effective. Please ensure that you are polite at all times.

We need to stop poisoning our wildlife
Minister of Health
Petitpas Taylor
Alberta Environment and Parks
Management and Regulatory Agency
Government of Alberta
Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA)